Goodbye, Social Media

I interrupt this Homemade Holiday Series to bring you an announcement: I’m breaking up with social media.  Okay, so not all of it, at least not just yet.  But as of the new year, I am ditching Facebook.  I’m not getting rid of Pinterest just yet, though I may end up doing so in the future.  So goodbye, Social Media!  It was nice knowing you.

I’ve got a lot of reasons for ditching Facebook, and it’s been a long time coming.  Between censorship, politics, crazy hoops to jump through, and time, I’m ready to call it quits.  I started my account in an attempt to reach out to more family and friends whom it is difficult to stay in touch with, and I wanted to be able to notify locals when we have something available for purchase (such as pumpkins).  But one thing led to another, and suddenly it became a huge energy drain.

Why do I bother telling you all of this?  Well, a lot of our readers, local or otherwise, follow along through Facebook.  You get notified of new posts through Facebook, you catch up with us through Facebook… it’s how we stay connected.  And I don’t want you to think we’ve just dropped off the face of the earth, so I wanted to let you know what is going on.  The blog is still alive and well (though maybe not as active as I’d like), and so is our homestead and our family!

So what are your options to stay updated?  Well, you’ve got a few.  The one way I’d urge you to stay in touch is to fill out your email where it says to subscribe (on a desktop its in the sidebar… not sure where it is in mobile).  If you want to be signed up directly, but can’t find the subscribe button, you can go into our “contact us” page and fill out the form letting me know what email address to subscribe you with, and I can enter it manually on my end.  Eventually, I’d like to get it set up so that I have a mailing list for locals so that I can let you know if we actually ever have anything for sale, so if you want me to keep track of that, I can do that as well.

Another way you can follow along for now is on Pinterest.  I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping my account too far in the future though.  I love their site, but they’ve started to censor stuff that I just don’t think they should be censoring, especially when you consider all of the inappropriate things that AREN’T censored.  It’s still my favorite way of searching for all kinds of ideas and info.  I guess we’ll watch to see what they all end up censoring, and then decide from there.  (The link above is for our “best of” board where I pin most of our latest posts.  Feel free to follow along just with that board or follow all of them if you’d like!)

If you’d just like to stay in touch on a more personal level, make sure I have your email and/or home address and/or phone number.  You can leave that info for me in the contact info, or through Facebook messenger for right now.  I am not closing my account until the New Year, so you have until then to decide what changes you want to make!

The final issue to address is sharing content.  Just because I’m ditching my Facebook accounts does not mean that you cannot share our blog posts on Facebook if you should so choose.  Feel free to continue to share, Pin, Tweet, or whatever other ways in which you share our posts!

I hope you’ll take a few seconds to subscribe directly to the blog so you can stay up-to-date, and I hope you keep in touch!


P.S.  If you have questions about this change, let me know in the comments!


  • lakesidemom

    NOOOOOOOO. I’m gonna miss you desperately on fb, Danielle! I “get it,” but I could never pull out of fb; all 3 of my jobs actually require it. Daily. Secretly I’m hoping something changes and brings you back to that world. 🙂

    • Spring Lake Homestead

      Aww! Thanks, Michelle. I’ll miss you, too! I have all of your info, so we’ll be able to stay in touch, and you NEED to let me know when I can purchase your book and start promoting it! I’m so excited for that! Between my duties homeschooling, homesteading, and homemaking (and with a new baby on the way), it’s just time for a change of pace! You know where to find me 🙂

        • Spring Lake Homestead

          Yes, we homeschool. Our oldest is 10 and the youngest (right now) is 2.5. We started homeschooling when the oldest was 3 and have been ever since! We do a lot of life learning… practical application, and we do some group work (as a family) and individual book work. Let me know if you have questions.

  • Linda S

    I’m subscribed!
    I understand what you are saying and feeling about Social Media. I will be missing you there, but I’m happy you’ll still be sharing here on your blog site.

    • Spring Lake Homestead

      Thanks, Linda! Glad you’ll be sticking with us!
      I can’t believe how long it took me to take this step, but I know I’ll be relieved when I’m done with it! Now I have more clarity and direction with where I want to take our blog, our homestead, and our lives!

  • Tami Minor

    Kudos to you for doing this! FB can really drain is in many ways! Maybe some people will follow your lead. I love reading about you and your dear family, so will definitely keep reading your blog. You can call, text, message, or email me any time!

  • Katharine

    I’m probably right behind you on ditching a few. I’m on too many. Pinterest, though, is one I would not keep b/c it almost never sends any traffic to my site, whereas facebook is one of my biggest. Ha. I, too, have serious problems with the cesorship issues. I so get this! Enjoy the quiet. I love quiet. 🙂

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